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The Ontario government is developing an action plan with the objective of helping increase the supply of housing in Ontario. To inform the plan, the government is collecting the views of all Ontarians on how to expand the supply of ownership and rental housing in Ontario. ROI encourages rural stakeholders to contribute their ideas, as there are many aspects of such a plan that could be relevant to rural places.


On November 20th, Canadian Auditor General (AG) Michael Ferguson released his fall 2018 reports. One of these was on rural broadband and he found that the lack of funding led the responsible department to abdicate its leadership for preparing a comprehensive strategy.  The AG’s report centres out the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


The federal government is considering a proposal that would limit Internet services from hundreds of thousands of rural Canadian households in favour of providing enhanced coverage in urban areas.


The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is advocating for an Immigration Pilot Program for rural and northern Ontario. NPI's President and CEO, Charles Cirtwill, has provided a guest blog outlining the how similar programs in other provinces could be tailored to fit the needs of rural and northern Ontario.


The Ontario NDP is the first provincial party to respond to the Rural Priorities Election Questions.


The Rural Ontario Institute has prepared 10 questions of importance to rural Ontario for the upcoming provincial election based on priorities from our recent Rural Priorities survey.


Lissel Hernandez-Gongora, an international PhD student at the University of Guelph, shares her experience as an intern with the Rural Ontario Institute. 


TVO's The Agenda delves into the issue of attracting newcomers to northern and rural communities. 


The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) recently presented to the Minister of Finance as part of pre-budget consultations being held across the province.


ROI believes that it is very important that the recently announced Canada-Ontario immigration agreement identifies the goal of dispersing settlement to more rural and northern areas and we welcome this policy development as good news for rural and northern stakeholders.  

 


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